Jay Crawford Biography

Jay Crawford (born July 4, 1965) is an American sports journalist who was formerly employed by ESPN. Crawford anchored the live 11AM-1PM edition of SportsCenter with Chris McKendry until April 2017.

Prior to that, Crawford spent nine years hosting ESPN’s morning show Cold Pizza and its successor ESPN First Take, as well as Cold Pizza’s spinoff series 1st and 10 until its 2011 cancellation.

He is currently employed at Bowling Green State University as an Executive in Residence, mentoring students in the School of Media and Communication and Sport Management.

Jay Crawford Age

Crawford was born on July 4, 1965, in Sandusky, Ohio. He is 53 years old as of 2018.

Jay Crawford Family

He was born in Sandusky, Ohio.

Jay Crawford Relationship | Marriage | Wife

He married his long-time girlfriend Tracy Crawford in 1987. Since getting married to till date, they have been extremely happy as a husband and wife.

There is no news published about their divorce or separation. Their relationship is depending on mutual trust and understanding.

They have shared strong love and affection with each other. By looking at their successful marriage life, they do not seem like ending their relationship in the future as well. He is a lovable husband.

Jay Crawford Daughter | Son

The lovely couple is blessed with a son and a daughter. He is a supportive father. He loves his children dearly. Jay Crawford daughter Kirstyn recently is engaged to Joe Toohey who is a senior reporter at FOX5NY.

Jay Crawford Height

Crawford has a standing height of 6 feet and 1 inch, which is around 1.85. He has a dynamic personality that makes him desirable even in the fifties.

Jay Crawford Career

Prior to joining ESPN, he was the local sports director for WFTS-TV in Tampa, FL from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that stint, he had a similar role at WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH from 1993 to 1998. He was a weekend sports anchor for WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT from 1992 to 1993. He started his sports career in 1987 at WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky.

Crawford made three appearances as a minor league baseball pitcher in 2005, splitting time between two independent teams, the St. Paul Saints and the Long Beach Armada.

He registered a 0-1 record with a 2.25 ERA, and in his final outing, Crawford threw two hitless innings, striking out each batter he faced using a change-up that reached a top speed of 62 mph, while his fastball was recorded at 93 mph.

On May 21, it was announced via Twitter that in July 2012, Crawford will co-anchor SportsCenter in the noon to 3:00 PM Est slot with Chris McKendry replacing John Buccigross who moves to the 11:00 PM slot. In 2004, he hosted some horse racing telecasts for ESPN.

On April 24, 2017, Crawford was laid off from his role as Sportscenter 11am-1pm host in a string of cuts including over 100 ESPN employees.

On September 26, 2017, BGSU announced that Crawford would join the university as an executive in residence. Crawford will be sharing his expertise with students and faculty in the School of Media and Communication, in the Department of Sport Management and with student-athletes.

On April 11, 2018, The Cleveland Browns announced that Crawford, alongside former Browns quarterback Tim Couch, would call the Browns preseason games in 2018.

Jay Crawford Net Worth

Crawford is an American sports journalist who has a net worth of $2 million.

Jay Crawford Bowling Green

You can get there from here LECTURE

December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Longtime sports broadcaster and BGSU alumnus Jay Crawford ’87 has joined the University as an executive in residence. Jay Crawford will share his journey with students, faculty, staff and the community.

Crawford joined ESPN in 2003 as the co-host of the network’s first live morning show, “Cold Pizza,” produced daily in midtown Manhattan. In May 2007, the show relocated to the network’s high-definition Connecticut studios and was re-launched as “ESPN First Take.”

After hosting “First Take” for six more years, Jay was promoted to the role of co-host for ESPN’s flagship show, “SportsCenter,” handling the midday duties.

Before joining ESPN, Crawford served as the sports director for WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida, March 1998 to August 2003, notably covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Championship in 2003.

He was also the sports director for WBNS-TV in Columbus and served as a weekend sports anchor for WTIC-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. He began his sports television career in 1987 at WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky.

His professional achievements include winning four regional Emmy Awards, the Best Sportscaster Kentucky AP Award and three SPJ Best Sports Program Awards. Crawford has been a Children’s Miracle Network host and has contributed time to Special Olympics.

Jay Crawford Synopsis

Jason “Jay” Crawford who earns fame as Jay Crawford is a popular name in the world of journalism. He is an American sports journalist. Currently, he serves as a sports anchor for ESPN Network. Prior to that, he spent nine years hosting ESPN’s morning show called Cold Pizza.

Crawford was born on 4 July 1965 and this makes his age 51 years at this time. He is American. His ethnicity is white. His star sign is Cancer. He has not talked about his parents and siblings. Jay Crawford got fame, money, appreciation, and love because of his dedication and devotion towards his work.

Jay Crawford Contract

SPORTS CENTER’s Jay Crawford Signs Multi-Year Contract with ESPN
by TV News Desk Aug. 24, 2015

Jay Crawford has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with ESPN, continuing his role as SportsCenter anchor in the Bristol, Conn. studios, as well as a regular host of “SportsCenter on the Road” stops at sports’ biggest events, including this week’s annual Little League World Series.

“I am thrilled to be staying at ESPN for several more years – if they are as fun and rewarding as the first 12 years, I’m in for a great treat!” Crawford said. “ESPN is the premier destination for sports fans and I consider it both a great honor and privilege to continue to live my dream every day.”

Crawford, who has served as co-anchor of the mid-day SportsCenter since July 2012, joined ESPN in August of 2003 as a co-host of ESPN2’s weekday morning shows Cold Pizza (rechristened FIRST TAKE in May 2007).
“This is a very happy day for SportsCenter,” said Rob King, Senior Vice President, SportsCenter, and News. “Jay’s love for sports and his passion for engaging sports fans shine through every show he does.”

Crawford engaging Cavaliers mascots during a “SportsCenter on the Road” stop in Cleveland
A Sandusky, Ohio native and noted Cleveland sports fan, Crawford began his sports television career in 1987 at WYMT-TV Hazard, Ky., served as sports anchor/reporter for WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio (1993-1998), and graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio in 1987.

Prior to joining ESPN, he served as sports director at WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla. (March 1998-August 2003), covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2003 SUPER BOWL Championship.

Jay Crawford Current Job

Former ESPN anchor Jay Crawford is heading to Bowling Green as an executive in residence

Another former ESPN personality makes the switch to academia.
As the sports media industry continues to be rocked by intervals of upheaval, some lifers have found a different home: academia.

Most prominently, J.A. Adande abdicated his remaining ESPN duties in August to focus on his role as director of the sports media program at Northwestern’s Medill School.

Now, another longtime ESPN host and anchor is returning to college.

Jay Crawford hosted a wide variety of ESPN programming, including SportsCenter, Cold Pizza, First Take, and the Little League World Series, among plenty more.

His career at ESPN ended as part of the network’s mass layoffs in April, five months ago now. Crawford graduated from Bowling Green (that’s the Bowling Green in Ohio, to save you a Google) in 1987, and he’ll serve in what sounds like a hands-on, non-teaching role at the school.

Via their release:

Longtime sports broadcaster and Bowling Green State University alumnus Jay Crawford will join the University as an executive in residence later this fall.

“Jay has left his mark on the sports and communications industry and we are so pleased that he has agreed to share his wealth of knowledge with our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey.

As an executive in residence, Crawford will share his expertise with students and faculty in the School of Media and Communication, in the Department of Sport Management and with student-athletes.

“When students ask about colleges, I always push BGSU,” Crawford said. “My experience here was a springboard for my career. Being asked to come back to the place where I learned so much, and met my wife Tracy, is an honor.

“I am excited about the future of Bowling Green State University and eager to give back to students pursuing careers in media, communication and sport management.”

The executive-in-residence program will feature mentorship opportunities, classroom lectures, and special event appearances.

That release is commendable for not making a joke about college and cold pizza.

This seems like a nice role for Crawford as he either bides his time waiting to return to the industry, wait out ESPN’s non-compete clause, and/or contemplates a wholesale career change. And it’s also a beneficial resource for the students in the program; having access to someone freshly out of the highest levels of sports media can be a tremendous asset, and Crawford can certainly speak to the highs and the lows of a career in the sports media industry.

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